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Exposing the torture, imprisonment, and even execution of gay people from Iran, simply because of who they love. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 17, 2014.

Exposing the torture, imprisonment, and even execution of gay people from Iran, simply because of who they love.

New York, NY Documentary
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About this project

Have you ever felt like you had to cover up?

For LGBT people in Iran and other places in the world where being gay is a crime, taking off the mask is legally punishable by arrest, imprisonment, torture, or even execution.

Golf Alpha Yankee tells their true story.

Click to watch Rick's interview on Huffington Post World Brief
Click to watch Rick's interview on Huffington Post World Brief

The film provides an intimate immersion into the world of LGBT people from Iran, who were forced to flee their home country, and are now waiting in limbo in conservative Turkey as asylum seekers with the United Nations. They hope to receive resettlement in the west, where they may one day be free to love without penalty.

4 Reasons to Support Golf Alpha Yankee

Reason #1: To get the word out. This film will create awareness, which is the first step to change.

Reason #2: No one deserves to be punished for love. Golf Alpha Yankee seeks to give hope to individuals anywhere who are persecuted because of who they love.

Reason #3: The film is a new idea. Shot in a novel way, telling a new story, the film has great potential to reach large audiences.

Reason #4: Rewards! We have some amazing perks!

Official T-Shirts in Black, Red, or White

 Art by International Artist Alan Aine

Check out Alan's website for more on his art and plenty of examples of his style:

http://alanaine.com/

Art by Alan Aine
Art by Alan Aine

Cookies by Amy Watkins, Baker

Chef Amy developed the recipe specifically for Golf Alpha Yankee, in order to combine her favorite Persian flavors such as Saffron, Pistachio, and Apricot, with one of her favorite traditional American cookies, the bar cookie...

Golf Alpha Yankee Crumble Bar Cookies
Golf Alpha Yankee Crumble Bar Cookies

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Great Music

Check out a song from the movie by composer Timmi Oyen, which resamples sounds from the film to create the soundtrack:

Over 2 years of work...

With the help of a grant from Berlin's Freie Universität, and several organizations and donors, along with my own money, we've already captured this incredible story on video.

Now comes the hard part: sifting through the 100 hours of footage to cut a film worthy of international festival attention and successful distribution so that this story can reach wider audience.

Postproduction is expensive!

What Does Postproduction Mean?

These are the elements that your support will help pay for:

  • Editing: where we create the narrative and fine-tune the story.
  • Translations: with a large mix of Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and German, we will need a lot! 
  • Color Correction: can make the difference between dull visuals and a beautifully polished film.
  • Sound Mix: without any faces, we rely on many layers of sound. Getting the right mix is vital.
  • Original Music Composition: Our composer and his team will use real sounds from the film mixed with acoustic and electronic instruments to create a stellar soundtrack.
  • Archival Film Footage: We have to pay for the rights to use important news media and other footage to help tell the story, including animation.
  • Graphic Design: the design elements of the poster and outreach materials
  • Website Design and Marketing: Our website is up and running, but we'll need to pimp it out!
  • Festival Campaigns: This is how we begin the process of finding a large viewership for the film.

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Twitter @GolfAlphaYankee

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Risks and challenges

There are many challenges involved in an intimate documentary exposing human rights abuses, made by a first-time director.

We're ready for them.

1. The film is already shot.
2. We've got fantastic images, a compelling story, and a human rights issue that is relevant now, and ready for action.
3. With international appeal, distribution through multiple markets is likely.

My training as a wilderness mountaineering and expedition leader comes in handy here...

Just as on an expedition, in filmmaking, we plan for the unexpected.

That means we practice calm, creative problem solving, which can mean the difference between life and death on the mountain.

In film, it can mean the difference between making a film, and only trying to.

We are making a film.

Thanks for your support!

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FAQ

  • If we don't reach $30,000 by August 17th, we will receive no money, and your card will not be charged anything. Some other crowdfunding platforms allow creators to receive funds even if the project doesn't reach its goal. Director Rick Flynn prefers Kickstarter's "all-or-nothing" model, because, in his eyes, it helps preserve the integrity of the project- it would be virtually impossible to finish this film without at least $30,000, so Rick only feels right accepting pledges if the project is guaranteed to succeed.

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  • There are many! However, because of the controversial nature of this project, it could potentially be dangerous for people from Iran and their families to be formally associated with GOLF ALPHA YANKEE. For this reason, we have withheld the names of all of the people from Iran who are either in or working on the film. We look forward to the day when this step will not be necessary.

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  • Kickstarter allows us to keep ALL of the money we raise above the goal. And we have BIG PLANS for how additional funds above our goal will make the film SO MUCH BETTER. Things like new interviews, follow-up interviews, celebrity involvement, and festival marketing will all not only make the film better, but will make it more visible to the world.

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  • Contact us directly by email at info@golfalphayankee.com and we will find a way to make it happen, without using the internet!

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    Thanks for supporting GOLF ALPHA YANKEE! You'll receive BACKERS-ONLY updates and a heart-felt thank you!

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    YOU ROCK! We'll give you a personal shout-out on the TWEETER and the official GOLF ALPHA YANKEE Facebook Page, and we'll put your name and photo on the website's backer page, and you'll receive backers-only updates!

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    Get a THANK YOU in the rolling MOVIE CREDITS at the end of the film! Plus, an official GOLF ALPHA YANKEE sticker and pin! + backers-only updates + the shout-outs above!

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    GET THE FILM! You'll receive a digital download of GOLF ALPHA YANKEE in full HD! + official sticker and pin! + backers-only updates + shout-outs! (all the goodies mailed by November!)

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    Get the EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER EDITION of GOLF ALPHA YANKEE that will include bonus material such as interviews with the director and producers, deleted scenes/footage, and more as a full HD digital download! PLUS a digital download of the official soundtrack by Timmi Oyen! + sticker and pin + backers-only updates + the shout-outs above! (Goodies mailed by November)

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    COLLECTOR: Special Edition DVD or BluRay of GOLF ALPHA YANKEE with the bonus material from above, as well as a CD of the soundtrack PLUS get everything at the $35 pledge level.

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    GOODIES! GET a high quality GOLF ALPHA YANKEE t-shirt, and an official tote bag, PLUS get everything at the $35 pledge level.

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    SWEET TOOTH! Batch of two dozen official Golf Alpha Yankee Rainbow Heart Sugar Cookies designed and baked by Amy Watkins, Baker Extraordinaire! The cookies take the shape of the heart and are sprinkled with rainbow sugar. And they're delicious! PLUS get everything at the $35 level.

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    PERSONAL TOUCH. Receive a DVD from director Rick Flynn's personal DVD library, picked out especially for you and mailed to you with a personal note from Rick! PLUS everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    Framed, ultra-high-quality limited edition, numbered GOLF ALPHA YANKEE poster (designed by artist Alan Aine), signed by director Rick Flynn, PLUS everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    UNLOCK THE FREEDOM: official GOLF ALPHA YANKEE Freedom Key Necklace, personally engraved by one of our designers with a word of your choice (freedom, hope, love, a name, or anything... ) PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    SWEET TOOTH PREMIUM. Batch of two dozen official premium GOLF ALPHA YANKEE Crumble Bar Cookies, designed and baked by baker extraordinaire Amy Watkins, specifically for the film, combining Iranian ingredients like pistachio, apricot, and saffron, with an American favorite: the bar cookie. And they're delicious! PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    AINE ART. Get an original piece of framed 8"x10" art by NYC artist Alan Aine, painted especially for you. PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    GORGEOUS FACE! Get your own makeover and personal skin consultation by our makeup artist, New York's Eddie Hernandez, who has been featured in Vogue Magazine! This reward will be scheduled in New York City. (No expiration- Use it on your next trip!) PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level AND your own personally engraved Freedom Key Necklace.

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    GORGEOUS HAIR! Get a haircut by GOLF ALPHA YANKEE's official hairstylist, Ruby Whalen, of Fringe Salon in NYC- Ruby is the best of the best, (write-up in Time Out New York!). You will help LGBT issues get noticed AND be beautiful... This reward will be scheduled in New York City (no expiration- save it for your next trip!). PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level AND your own personally engraved Freedom Key Necklace.

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    PREMIERE! an invitation for you and a guest to attend an exclusive GOLF ALPHA YANKEE premiere screening, including a VIP-only pre-screening meet-and-greet with the team, and VIP access to the after party! PLUS everything at the $75 pledge level (screenings in NYC, Los Angeles, Berlin, and select other cities TBA).

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    GORGEOUS HAIR AND COLOR! Get a haircut AND COLOR by GOLF ALPHA YANKEE's official hairstylist, Ruby Whalen, of Fringe Salon in NYC ... This reward will be scheduled in New York City (no expiration- save it for your next trip!). PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    PERSONAL VIP DIGITAL EXPERIENCE WITH DIRECTOR RICK FLYNN! From anywhere in the world, watch parts of the film via a secure server, while they’re still being edited, which NO ONE ELSE will have access to. Then, have an hour-long private call with director Rick Flynn. Pick his brain. Ask for advice. Tell him what you think. He’s a great listener! Also includes everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    BE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. You'll be credited as an Associate Producer in the movie credits as well as on our IMDB page. Plus you'll get all the goodies at the $75 level.

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    SURPRISE VIP REWARD: A personally autographed copy of renowned author and New York Times Bestseller Lee Stringer's first memoir, GRAND CENTRAL WINTER. PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    BIG AINE ART. Get a LARGE FRAMED original painting (22"x27") by NYC artist Alan Aine, especially for you. PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    BASTI'S BIG GAY TOUR OF BERLIN! You'll receive a personalized, half-day tour of Berlin for you and up to 5 friends, led by Berlin native, GOLF ALPHA YANKEE team member Basti Gillwald, specializing in gay history throughout the city. PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level. (transportation and lodging are on you)

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    VIP LEVEL: DINNER for you and a guest with CHEF ROSS MENDOZA, at his new restaurant in New York, and with the GOLF ALPHA YANKEE TEAM! You'll dine THIS FALL on an exclusive gourmet meal created just for us by Chef Ross. After dinner and drinks, we'll show clips from the film (which won't be finished yet!) and Rick will lead a Q&A. You'll also be able to provide your input! And get all the cool stuff at the $75 pledge level as well as your own personally engraved Freedom Key, and BENEFACTOR in the credits. Date of this VIP event to be announced (Thursday or Friday in September, 2014). (Transportation and lodging not included).

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    YOUR OWN SONG: GOLF ALPHA YANKEE composer Timmi Oyen and director Rick Flynn (who is also a musician), will chat with you and then write and record a song especially for you. This song will be included on the official soundtrack of the film! Plus you'll get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    VIP WRITING SESSION: Renowned bestselling author Lee Stringer, a longtime friend collaborator with Kurt Vonnegut, will read your short story or up to 40 pages from a larger manuscript and provide personalized, 1-on-1 feedback. PLUS get everything at the $75 pledge level.

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    MURAL ON YOUR WALL (anywhere in the world!). NYC artist Alan Aine will personally come to a location of your choice and paint a mural wherever you want it! Alan's mural painting takes on a live performance-art aspect, so you and up to 20 friends may participate as Alan makes his magic. Plus you'll get everything at the $1000 VIP pledge level, including an invitation for you and a guest to the VIP dinner by Chef Ross. (transportation and lodging for Alan outside the NYC area not included).

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    BE A CO-PRODUCER. You'll be credited as Co-Producer in the movie credits as well as on our IMDB page. Plus you'll get all the goodies at the $1000 VIP level.

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    PRIVATE SCREENING of GOLF ALPHA YANKEE with director Rick Flynn at your (or your organization's) venue or home, anywhere in the world, with up to 50 guests. Rick will come to you, present the film, and lead a discussion about his research with you and your guests. (transportation and lodging for Rick not included). Plus you'll get everything at the $1000 VIP pledge level.

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    THE BOSS. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT featured prominently on IMDB and in the opening credits of the film plus everything at the $5000 pledge level, including tickets to premiere and festival screenings, VIP access to all behind the scenes events (festival accreditation provided, and we will fly you from anywhere in the continental USA to the New York premiere, or from anywhere in Europe to the Berlin premiere!). Basically, you’re on the team.

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